MLB Recent Player News
|6/24/2016||Stephen Strasburg, Was, P|
|Strasburg will return to start Sunday against the Brewers after skipping his last scheduled appearance with an upper back strain.
Analysis: trasburg was scratched from an anticipated showdown against Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw on Monday. Strasburg is 10-0 with a 2.90 ERA in 14 starts this season. "If he's encouraged, I'm encouraged," Nationals manager Dusty Baker said before a game Friday night against Milwaukee. "Welcome back. He's been working hard with our training staff to get ready for his start. I'm sure he wouldn't have gone out there if he wasn't ready. He says he's ready, then we'll welcome him."
|6/24/2016||José Reyes, Col, SS|
|Mets manager Terry Collins says he has talked with his coaches about how the team would utilize Reyes if the infielder returned to New York, where he launched his career.
Analysis: Reyes was cut by the Rockies after serving a 59-day suspension for violating Major League Baseball's domestic violence policy. He becomes a free agent on Saturday. The Mets could use help at third base following David Wright's surgery to repair a herniated disk in his neck. Collins said he and his coaches also discussed the 33-year-old Reyes playing second base and the outfield. He said "everybody" thinks Reyes could handle those positions.
|6/24/2016||Andrew Bailey, Phi, P|
|The Phillies placed Bailey on the DL with a left hamstring strain. The move is retroactive to Thursday.
Analysis: Bailey has a 4.39 ERA in 26 2/3 innings this season.
|6/24/2016||Sócrates Brito, Ari, CF|
|Brito was put on the DL with a fractured toe Friday.
Analysis: He was hitting .211 with two homers and four RBIs in 13 games.
|6/24/2016||Oswaldo Arcia, TB, LF|
|The Tampa Bay Rays have addressed a need for help in the outfield by acquiring the left-handed hitting Arcia from the Minnesota Twins in exchange for a player to be named or cash.
Analysis: The 25-year-old Arcia batted .214 with four homers and 12 RBI in 32 games with the Twins this season. He is a .240 career hitter with 40 home runs and 120 RBI over parts of four big league seasons. With starters Kevin Kiermaier and Steven Souza Jr., as well as reserves Brandon Guyer and Mikie Mahtook, all on the 15-day disabled list, Arcia should get some playing time in Tampa.
|6/24/2016||Jerad Eickhoff, Phi, P|
|Eickhoff allowed one earned run over six innings in Thursday's 7-3 win over the Twins that snapped the Phillies' nine-game losing streak.
Analysis: Eickhoff has been a bright spot for the Phillies, going 3-2 with a 2.01 ERA in his last five starts.
|6/24/2016||Max Kepler, Min, RF|
|Kepler went 2 for 4 with a double in Thursday's 7-3 loss to the Phillies.
Analysis: The rookie is worth keeping an eye on, batting .375 with five doubles and six RBIs during a nine-game hitting streak.
|6/24/2016||Freddy Galvis, Phi, SS|
|Galvis put an end to his slump with a home run, a triple and five RBIs in Thursday's win over the Twins.
Analysis: Galvis had been batting .103 with two extra-base hits and five RBIs over his previous 21 games.
|6/24/2016||César Hernández, Phi, 2B|
|Hernandez matched a career high with four hits in Thursday's win over the Twins. He tripled and scored three times.
Analysis: Hernandez had been hitting .211 with just two extra-base hits over his previous 13 games.
|6/24/2016||Andrés Blanco, Phi, SS|
|Blanco's bat has heated up at Minnesota. He had two doubles in Thursday's 7-3 win at Target Field.
Analysis: Blanco has gone 5 for 8 with a home run, two doubles and two RBIs in his last two games.
|6/24/2016||Paul Goldschmidt, Ari, 1B|
|Goldschmidt had an RBI single among his three base hits for the Diamondbacks, who have won nine of 12 after beating the Rockies 7-6 on Thursday.
Analysis: Not a bad few weeks for Goldschmidt, who was hitting .262 on June 7 and has his average up to .296 after batting .414 over the past 14 games.
|6/24/2016||Eddie Butler, Col, P|
|Butler went five innings and allowed six runs on 11 hits for Colorado in a 7-6 loss to the Diamondbacks on Thursday.
Analysis: Butler had a 3.58 ERA entering his start on May 28. In five starts since, it's an abysmal 10.41.
|6/24/2016||Tim Lincecum, LAA, P|
|Lincecum didn't pitch nearly as well in his second start with the Angels. He allowed four runs and seven hits over three innings in Thursday's 5-4 loss to the A's.
Analysis: Lincecum is now 1-1 with a 5.00 ERA in two starts since resuming a career that was sidetracked by injury in recent seasons.
|6/24/2016||Kendall Graveman, Oak, P|
|Graveman allowed two runs over 6 2/3 innings in Thursday's 5-4 win over the Angels.
Analysis: Graveman has gone 2-1 with a 3.55 ERA over his last seven starts.
|6/24/2016||Andrelton Simmons, LAA, SS|
|Simmons broke out of his slump Thursday, going 2 for 4 in a 5-4 loss to the A's.
Analysis: Simmons had been 0 for 17 over his previous four games.
|6/24/2016||Zack Greinke, Ari, P|
|Greinke allowed seven hits and three runs in 5 2/3 innings before the Diamondbacks rallied for a 7-6 win over the Rockies on Thursday.
Analysis: Greinke was in line for his eighth win in eight starts but took a no decision. His ERA over these last eight outings is 2.18.
|6/24/2016||Johnny Giavotella, LAA, 2B|
|Giavotella has been a force at the plate at Angel Stadium. He did it again Thursday, going 2 for 4 with a double and an RBI in a 5-4 loss to Oakland.
Analysis: Giavotella has gone 11 for 24 with two homers, three doubles and four RBIs in his last six home games.
|6/24/2016||Wei-Yin Chen, Mia, P|
|Chen gave up two runs and five hits over seven innings, striking out seven without a walk, in the Marlins' 4-2 win over the Cubs on Thursday.
Analysis: Chen had a 9.88 ERA over his previous starts and had allowing seven homers in 13 2/3 innings, so this was a huge step in the right direction.
|6/24/2016||Jon Lester, ChC, P|
|Lester went seven innings and allowed two runs, on homers by Stanton and Marcell Ozuna, in the Cubs' 4-2 loss to the Marlins on Thursday.
Analysis: Miami ended Lester's streak of wins in five consecutive starts, but the lefty's 1.45 ERA in his last six outings is tough to ignore.
|6/24/2016||Giancarlo Stanton, Mia, RF|
|Stanton homered in the fourth inning and singled home the go-ahead run with two outs in the eighth, helping the Miami Marlins send the Chicago Cubs to their fourth consecutive defeat, 4-2.
Analysis: Stanton's two hits hiked his average to a still-woeful .216, and he has been even worse in clutch situations. One win made the $325 million slugger feel only slightly better about his season.
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